Update - May 15th:
We're fully funded!
Thanks to all our amazing backers who helped us get this far. You've been so totally awesome!
But we're not done yet. The project is live for 8 more days. And though we've reached our minimum goal, our budget is super tight. Every dollar we make beyond this helps make David & Kat an even better production.
I'll still be doing my daily, award winning video updates. (I'm not 100% sure I've won any awards for them yet. But then, I'm not 100% sure I haven't!)
Check out our Kickstarter project and all our rewards. They're not just hypothetical anymore. If you're a backer, you're really going to get them! It's not too late. Come join our Kickstarter party! :)
Update - April 25th:
From now on, any backer of $50 or above will get a shout out in my daily video updates. Dedications? I can do that. I'm the DJ of Kickstarter. :)
What's this David & Kat thing about?
David & Kat is an independent feature film I hope to shoot in Los Angeles this fall. It’s the story of two very lonely people who come hurtling into each other's life. It's been a dream of mine to direct a feature film. I've been building to it for years. Now I need your help to make it happen.
Here's the story behind the story: Years ago, I picked up a young woman hitchhiking. Very quickly I found out she was homeless. Looking for a way out and perhaps finding me a nice enough guy, she hinted at the idea of my taking her home and making her sort of my instant girlfriend. I felt terrible for her and offered to take her to a shelter. When she refused I gave her a few bucks and let her off where she wanted. I never saw her again, but I never forgot her.
Cut to years later and I’m thinking of what story I want to be my first feature film. I had long thought about a film based on a guy like me who, on impulse, takes that young woman home to live with him. “But that’s crazy,” I thought. “I would never do that!”
And then I realized the reason I still thought of that lonely woman was because secretly, I had been tempted to bring her home. In fact, I was at such a lonely place myself, if I had been about 10% more lonely? I would have! And within days, I was writing the script for David & Kat… a dysfunctional love story. What came out was a great story about loneliness and the need to connect. It's going to make a terrific movie! And that's where you come in.
Why you should support the film... and what's in it for you!
As much as I love Hollywood, I just couldn't bear to watch the film industry turn my rough-edged Kat into a rom-com cliche or morph quiet David into a Ninja killing machine. (Right now in Hollywood someone is thinking, "Dude! That's an awesome idea!") So as I did with my short and web-series, I'm doing this on my own. I've raised $26,428.43 for the film. But to do this right, especially to put together an amazing cast, it's going to take more. That's why I'm here.
Kickstarter works on an all or nothing principle. Our funding goal is $20,000. That's the minimum additional funding (minus Kickstarter's percentage) we need so that I and my producer can make our film. I have 45 days to raise that money. If I'm successful? I make my movie. If I fail? Then no one's credit cards are charged, I get nothing, no one gets any rewards... David & Kat never meet, and there's no dysfunctional love story.
So you're helping get a really good movie made. And you also get something for giving. The finished film itself, an Associate Producer credit, a gourmet meal. Seriously? Yep, check out the rewards to the right. They're tiered so each level you go up, the more cool stuff you get.
This is truly a work of passion for me. I'm not taking any salary for this film. Plus I've invested my own savings in the project. I'm a backer, too! And if you're wondering where all your money goes, here's just some of what you're helping us pay for:
Actors, meals (Crew members love to be fed! It keeps them from passing out.) camera and equipment rentals, set dressing, makeup, hair, wardrobe, permits, location fees, insurance... and that's the short list. Really, every dollar we take in helps make this film a reality.
We're having a Kickstarter party!
I want you to have a really great time with our Kickstarter project. So I'm adding more entertainment with my daily, funny video updates. I'll be exploring such themes as "Our future: vegetarian or cannibal?" And "My summer with Andy Dick." Some will be here on Kickstarter as project updates. And every day they'll be posted on Facebook, Twitter and our website. Here's a link to my first video update
Everyone who wants to join the party, come on in! Send me your comments, questions, even your own videos. Especially if you have any dysfunctional love or dating stories you want to share. Because I'm building a community for the life of my film, and I want you to be a part of it. And you can really help by inviting others to our party. Pass on our Kickstarter video or my daily, video updates. Post, Tweet... Embed! (Hey, this party's getting wilder!) Spread the word anyway you can. :)
Questions & Answers
CAN DAVID & KAT EXCEED ITS FUNDING GOAL? OH, YES! That would be amazing! Right now, we've budgeted the bare minimum we can get by with to shoot our movie. But we've left off little luxuries... like our entire post-production budget! Editing, color correction, sound editing, film festivals. Anything we make beyond our goal only makes David & Kat a better production. And I can stop looking at how much kidneys go for in Bangkok.
CAN I INCREASE MY PLEDGE ONCE IT'S BEEN MADE? YOU BETCHA! Let's say you've already pledged but later you want to go to a higher reward level or increase your pledge total. Great. Then just come back to this page. You'll see the original green "Back This Project" button has been replaced by a lovely blue button that says "Manage Your Donation." Click it and you can enter a new amount or reward level. Awesome!
CAN I CONTACT YOU? I HOPE YOU DO! Hit the "Send Message" button at the top of this page to contact me here. Message me, Tim Bartell, on Facebook. Or visit our website at http://www.davidandkatthemovie.com and go to "Contact." I'll get back to you!
Dysfunctional Love - It's not a new thing with me.
A sample of my work. First Date Meltdown was shot several years back on a little DV camera. But I still like it so much, we're going to use a clip of it in David & Kat. And along with actress Tracey Rooney, you get to see actor Joe Smith, before he became the famous Cheese Inspector on the Cheez-It commercials.
Click on the title First Date Meltdown to watch.
Links and Thanks :)
Click on these to visit us on our website, on Facebook and Twitter. And if you want to learn more about the people from our project and rewards, click on Producer Joe Brouillette, Actress Georgia Reed, Singer Molly Bryant, Love Coach Lauren Frances, and Chef Amy Jurist. Also click on RumbleFish Music Licensing Store, who were awesome at helping hook us up with the great music for our Kickstarter video!
Finally, a big thank you to Kickstarter for hosting our project. And to you, for checking us out. Now, let's have some fun together! (That sounds kind of suggestive, huh? Sorry, but crowdfunding is just so hot!)
A scene from David & Kat
To give you a little taste of our story, this is a the scene from my script where Kat suggests David make her his instant girlfriend. It's just a little while since David has picked up Kat hitchhiking. And Kat, who has been living on the street, is deciding that David isn't half bad...
INT. DAVID’S CAR – NIGHT
It’s DARK NOW and they’re still stuck there. David has found some SKITTLES. Dinner. They take turns munching from the bag. Kat looks. No one around.
You want a hand job?
David looks at her. She means it.
20 bucks. So worth it.
She’s sexy. He thinks about it.
No. Thanks, though.
Kat eyes him. So polite.
I don’t offer everyone. But you seem nice and... clean.
Well, I showered today. Shampoo, conditioner. Really went for it.
Kat laughs. David feels for her. He opens his wallet and takes out some bills.
I’m not going to make the movie, anyway. Maybe a few bucks helps?
He hands her the MONEY. Kat takes it without a word. She looks at David.
I suppose you have a girlfriend?
David’s thrown. He thinks quickly.
Yeah. Nicole. We live together.
This kills David. About the nicest thing any woman’s ever said to him.
You’re not from L.A., are you?
Wisconsin. Little white trash town.
KAT (pointing to herself)
Little white trash town in Idaho.
They both smile.
We’re a long way from home.
Yeah, what the hell were we thinking?
They laugh. David feels guilty.
Um... I’m sorry, I lied. About the girlfriend. I just didn’t know where you were going with that.
KAT So you don’t have a girlfriend?
David shakes his head.
You want one?
The smile fades from David’s face.
You really should have a girlfriend.
Come on. You could go to a shelter.
They’re scummy. A lot of them just push Jesus.
You don’t want to be homeless, I totally get that. But you would say this to any guy right now.
I don’t trust guys. I do you.
Why? You don’t know me.
You’re nice. Like, you would never hurt me.
Of course not. But... I can’t just take you home. How do I know I can trust you?
You can. You know you can.
David slumps back.
You don’t just meet someone and bring them home to live with you. Who does that?
Kat watches him. He’s weakening.
You like me. You want to help.
He does like her. David is overwhelmed.
You want to say yes, but you’re afraid. If you say yes, I swear, I won’t do anything bad to you.
Kat touches his arm, oh so gently.
It’ll be good. Really.
David looks at her.
I have a small apartment. Really small.
Let’s go there. Just do it.
David sighs... and makes the leap of a lifetime.
OK. Fine. Let’s, uh... go home.
Kat smiles. David’s quiet. He impulsively leans over and KISSES HER... kind of smooshing her face in the process.
He’s a little overly excited. As Kat rubs her sore nose, David starts the car and turns it around... headed home.
- (45 days)